Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

April 21, 2020

Work, detour begins on Highway 47 from Isle to Ogilvie April 27

ST. CLOUD, Minn. —Motorists who travel Highway 47 from Isle to Ogilvie will encounter delays beginning Monday, April 27 when the highway closes for six months for a reconstruction project.

Highway 47 will close to through traffic between Highway 27 in Woodland and Highway 23 in Ogilvie on Monday, April 27 through mid-October. The detour uses Highway 23 in Ogilvie, Highway 65 in Mora and Highway 27 to Woodland.

Highway 47 will remain open to those who live, work or visit a resident or business along the closed road. However, some work will require temporary hard closures to replace underground pipes and two bridges. Expect changes, gravel surfaces, reduced speed, flaggers and a pilot car.

Crews will:

  • Reconstruct 22 miles of Highway 47
  • Construct left/right turn lanes or bypass lanes to improve access at 11 intersections
  • Reconstruct two bridges near Kanabec County Road 26/Ann Lake
  • Replace or line 34 culverts/pipes below the road between Highway 27 in Isle and Highway 23 in Ogilvie
  • Upgrade roadside guardrail
  • Install mumble and rumble strips

When complete in mid-October, the $14.7 million Highway 47 project will extend the life of the road pavement by using a full-depth reclamation to improve drainage and safety in Kanabec County.

For more information on the project and to sign up for email updates, visit mndot.gov/d3/projects/h47isletoogilvie or contact the project manager, Rob Abfalter, at 320-223-6617 or robert.abfalter@state.mn.us.

For updated road condition information, call 511 or visit 511mn.org.

MnDOT road work has been identified as a critical service in Governor Walz’s Stay at Home executive order and will continue. MnDOT is working to be as flexible as possible with scheduling during this period of lower traffic volumes to keep projects moving forward in a timely manner. Following guidance from state health officials and to prevent further spread of COVID-19, crews will maintain social distancing practices while working.

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